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Does anyone gig with their Blues Jr?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by scott757, Nov 27, 2017.

  1. scott757

    scott757 Supporting Member

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    I got a Blues Jr last week and I really dig it. It came with a speaker upgrade to an Eminence GA-SC64. It's a great lower volume pedal platform, and the master volume is great if I want to run it on the edge of breaking up. I was wondering if anyone is gigging with this amp? Can you get it loud enough while it's still relatively clean?
     
  2. wrong_note_rod

    wrong_note_rod Member

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    yeah I gig with mine all the time, but, I switched the speaker out to a Celestion - sounded better with a dirt pedal.

    I never run the guitar straight into the amp, with that amp. Theres always a pedalboard or a multi-FX box, or something, pre-amping the hell out of the signal before it gets to the amp. Gets pretty damned loud like that.

    If you are looking for pristine cleans at a loud volume, probably not gonna get there with a blues jnr... depends on the volume of your drummer I guess.
     
  3. Pick'n'strum

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    I'm always plugged into one while playing at church (church owns it). It sounds great in the mix; even with the stock speaker. It is mic'd so I don't have to worry too much about clean headroom...Master volume is a great plus with that amp.
     
  4. Judas68fr

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    Used to gig with a Blues Junior (Eminence Texas Heat speaker).

    If you mic it you can reasonably gig with it. If there is a drummer involved and you cannot put a mic in front of it, forget about the cleans..
     
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    yes, it's a great gigging amp if you mic it.
     
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    Gigged, toured, etc, etc for years with one.
     
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    Same.... used a Cannabis Rex for mellowing out the highs & increased a lil bit of lows. Worked fine... sound guy happy, back happy. no worries...
     
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    The C Rex is a very efficient speaker, turns a 15W with the stock speaker into about 30W equivalent or so. I used it with a 9 piece band, 3 piece horns, no issue with clean volume. Mic it in larger rooms.
     
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    Kinda miss mine.....
     
  10. SlideGuy123

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    Definitely. I have a Texas Heat in mine, it can stay clean and loud enough for what I need, but our drummer is pretty reasonable. I’ve played small/medium clubs without a mic, outdoors with a mic. Other guitar player uses a Tweed Deluxe, so that gives you an idea of the volume we use. If you dig the tone, it’ll do the job.
     
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    Blues Juniors are absolutely giggable.... though better suited to some scenarios than others

    I’ve owned a few variations, always set “clean” (master on max, control volume with gain knob), pulling back the mids a bit to help lose some of the inherent boxiness of those amps - fat switch in for Strat and Teles, and out for humbuckers - dirt from pedals

    Worked great in a 4 or 5 piece, especially with a keyboardist... but never had enough balls for a blues/rock trio format, IMHO (funny... cuz a little Pro Junior through a larger cab worked great in that setting)
     
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    I've gigged one for a few years, just went back to using a Blues Jr III with some mods but I only use the amp clean and use pedals for my crunch tones I prefer it that way!
     
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    This!
     
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    Currently gigging with mine. Small scenarios, stock speaker, master high, volume low, fat switch on, mids down, and dirt boxes...

    I gig with a drummer.
     
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    There is this British guy, Beck... Jeff first name IIRC - he's been known to tour with Fender Pro Jr's.
     
  16. Tone_Terrific

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    His style and sound is largely inapplicable to most players doing cover work.
    A large PA, personal monitor mixes, dedicated sound crew is also outside of gigs at the local bar.
    It's not all that hard to come up with a BJr to try out with your band.
    I suggest FAT off except as a booster for solos, master on full.
    BJ's are not nearly as bad nor as good as some would have you think. YMMV, of course.
     
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    i gigged my BillM modded BJr for years - mic'd ... hung easily with the other guitarist's boogie Mk I into a 2x12" ... soundmen loved it
    hangs easily in rehearsals with a loud drummer and bassist in a trio setting these days - loves pedals

    enjoy
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    Same as everyone else. I love the amp, use for small venue gigs mainley Blues or Jazz. I want to get another and run wet & dry. Heard a guy doing this and it sounded amazing!
     
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    I swear 80% of the local shows I see feature a blues Jr or pro Jr somewhere on stage. Sometimes without mics. In a large city with little parking the small amp is king.
     
  20. Scary Uncle G.

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    I used a Blues Jr. for gigging all the time when I had one. Then I switched to a Pro Junior.
     

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